Trumpism 🐘 Newsbites
A top US cybersecurity official reportedly expects to be fired for debunking election misinformation that was favorable to Trump
  • Christopher Krebs, director at the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), has told associates he expects to be fired, Reuters reports.
  • Krebs reportedly angered White House officials by debunking election misinformation with a project called "Rumor Control."
  • CISA broke from Trump and his baseless claims of election fraud Thursday, calling this year's presidential race "the most secure in American history."
  • Krebs also shared a retweet Thursday encouraging people not to share wild claims online, "even if they're made by the president."

Trump's kids are said to be split over whether he should concede, with Ivanka looking for an off-ramp while Eric and Don Jr. want to fight to the end
  • President Donald Trump's children are split over whether Trump should concede the election or keep fighting, CNN reported.
  • Ivanka Trump — employed as a White House advisor — and her husband Jared Kushner want Trump to concede after Georgia finishes its recount, per CNN.
  • The report says his eldest sons, Don Jr. and Eric, think he should keep fighting even after that result comes back.
  • Don Jr. and Eric have been bullish in public, baselessly alleging fraud and disputing the results in line with their father, while Ivanka has been more reserved.

The lawyer who helped win Bush v. Gore says he believes the election is 'over' and Biden won
  • Ted Olson, the Republican lawyer who argued on behalf of George W. Bush in the 2000 case Bush v. Gore, spoke at an event for the Federalist Society on Thursday.
  • Olson said that he believes the 2020 election is "over" and that America has "a new president," referring to Joe Biden.
  • The 2000 election between Bush and Al Gore came down to a recount in Florida, and the Supreme Court sided with Olson's arguments, calling off the recount and securing a win for Bush.
  • Trump is also waging legal battles over the results of this year's election, but his arguments have to do with unfounded allegations of voter fraud and not defective ballots, as was the case in Florida in 2000.

Trump asked aides if he could pursue a wild plan to replace the Electoral College with loyalists who would ignore the vote, report says
  • President Donald Trump has been asking aides about a plan to remain in office by subverting the Electoral College, The New York Times reported Thursday.
  • Under the scenario, GOP-controlled state legislatures would ignore the popular vote in swing states, appointing Trump loyalists to the Electoral College to secure the president a second term.
  • Business Insider reported earlier Thursday that the plan was gaining currency among some Trump supporters — despite how unlikely it is to work.
  • Experts say that the scenario, though technically possible, faces enormous legal and political obstacles.
  • The sources who spoke to the Times stressed that though Trump asked about the plan, he did not seem to entertain it seriously.

Evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress, a longtime Christian supporter of Trump, called on his followers to accept Biden's victory
  • An evangelist pastor and abiding Trump supporter has accepted President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 election.
  • In an op-ed for Fox News published earlier this week, Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress called on his followers to "pray for" Biden despite his victory being a "bitter pill to swallow."
  • "If President Biden succeeds, we all succeed. May God bless Joe Biden, and may God bless the United States of America," he wrote.

CEOs of top US firms held a private meeting to discuss what to do if Trump's refusal to concede to Biden becomes a threat to democracy
  • More than 24 CEOs of Fortune 500 firms met on November 6 to discuss what to do if President Donald Trump refuses to leave office on January 20, according to the Yale professor who organized the meeting.
  • The CEOs said Trump had the right to pursue legal challenges alleging voter fraud, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld told AP.
  • But they also spoke about making public statements, and pressuring GOP legislators, should Trump's refusal to concede threaten a peaceful transfer of power to President-elect Joe Biden, Sonnenfeld said.
  • The executives were from finance, manufacturing, retail, and media companies, he said.

China Congratulates, Condemns U.S. at Same Event
China on Friday took the unusual stance of congratulating an incoming U.S. administration while condemning an outgoing one within minutes of each other at the same event – statements that reflect a widespread consensus that Beijing believes a Biden administration will be much more approachable, or at least predictable, than President Donald Trump.

"We will respect the American people's choice," Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, told reporters Friday morning, joining a growing collection of countries reacting to the election outcome. "We congratulate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris."

Trump keeps making arguments about the election on Twitter that he won't make in court
  • President Donald Trump is waging a political war to discredit the results of the 2020 presidential election, claiming he's the victim of widespread voter and electoral fraud.
  • His election lawyers, in hundreds of pages of lawsuits, have alleged no such thing.
  • Even if the Trump campaign won resounding victories in all of its lawsuits, Joe Biden would still be the next president of the United States.

Biden wins Georgia and Trump wins North Carolina, the final states to be called.
President-elect Joe Biden flipped Georgia, becoming the first Democratic presidential candidate to win there since 1992, and President Trump took North Carolina. The victories do not affect the overall election result. Mr. Biden also won Arizona overnight.

Mr. Biden now has 306 electoral votes and Mr. Trump has 232.

With his win in Georgia — once a reliably Republican state whose politics have been pushed to the left — Mr. Biden has flipped five states that Mr. Trump won in 2016. Mr. Trump did not flip any states this year. The call for Georgia came hours after auditors began an arduous recount of nearly five million ballots.

In a blow to the Trump campaign’s legal efforts to try to overturn the election results, a Michigan judge rejected a request to halt the vote certification in a heavily Democratic county. And the campaign dropped a lawsuit in Arizona that claimed some ballots cast for Mr. Trump were invalidated after voters used Sharpie pens.

John Kelly says Trump delaying the transition process for Biden 'hurts our national security'
  • President Donald Trump's former chief of staff said the delay in the transition process for President-election Joe Biden "hurts" US national security.
  • "It's about the nation. It hurts our national security," John Kelly told Politico of the delay in the transition process.
  • Trump has refused to concede to Biden and the federal agency responsible for the transition process has not yet formally recognized the former vice president as the winner of the election.
  • When Trump won in 2016, the acting GSA administrator gave the go ahead to begin the transition process the day after Election Day.

Rudy Giuliani is reportedly taking charge in Trump's election legal battles — and Twitter is having a field day with it
  • President Donald Trump has put Rudy Giuliani, his personal lawyer, in charge of his legal battles related to the election, according to The New York Times.
  • Giuliani made headlines over the weekend for his appearance at a Trump campaign news conference held at Four Seasons Total Landscaping, a small landscaping company, rather than the Four Seasons, the luxury 5-star hotel.
  • "Rudy will soon be appealing all of these adverse rulings to the Supreme Courtyard by Marriott," one person tweeted.

Trumpism
or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by US President Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.